Argosy Collegiate Charter High School Sports Program Development

FALL RIVER — The best-kept secret in Grand Fall River High School athletics has been around for quite some time.

Argosy Collegiate Charter School just started its sixth school year offering interscholastic teams. It offers soccer for girls and boys and volleyball for girls in the fall. There are cheerleaders and basketball for girls and boys in the winter. The school’s only spring offering is boys’ volleyball.

Outside of MCSAA, Argosy offers rowing competitions at the city’s Watuppa Rowing Center. “Kids can learn rowing in high school and have enough time to develop skills where they can really capitalize on scholarships, especially girls and people of color,” said Argosy CEO Kristen Pavao. .

It’s a growing track and field program, said athletic director Henry Zhang. That growth, he said, could in the not-too-distant future include baseball and softball in the spring, a dance team, and maybe even esports.

“We’re looking to add a lot of things,” Zhang said. “We think all the time.”

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The Argosy range is strictly made up of university teams. It all started with football five years ago, when the high school had only freshmen and sophomores. Zhang said he would also like to add junior university programs.

“There were some growing pains along the way,” he said.

The Argosy Charter School boys and girls football teams took part in drills at Britland Park in Fall River on Wednesday September 7, 2022.

Argosy has added a gymnasium to its facility (former Sts. Peter & Paul School) at 240 Dover St., but it has no outdoor courts.

Soccer training at Britland Park. In the past, home games have been played at the Swansea YMCA. But that may not continue. Argosy’s official football schedule at the time of this writing is a pair of away games, with plans to add at least a few more. Zhang said Argosy would like to use Britland Park for home games, but demand for the grass pitch is high.

Argosy Charter School volleyball player Arianna Tello listens intently to coach Aly Dion at practice Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

Compete with other charter schools

Argosy participates in the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Association and seeks to schedule, for each team, five to 10 games per season. Last year, in its first season, men’s volleyball advanced to the MCSAA semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Foxborough Charter.

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Playing in the MCSAA means long bus rides to rival other charters in and around Boston. “We had late nights,” Zhang said.

Argosy Charter School students practice football with coach Henry Zhang at Britland Park in Fall River on Wednesday September 7, 2022.

Rigorous standards, coaches who know the athletes well

The school has about 275 students, and Zhang estimates that 55 to 70 percent of those students participate in athletics, many of whom are multi-season athletes.

Most coaches, Zhang said, work at Argosy High School or College on Hamlet Street. “We want our coaches to know the scholar-athletes,” he said.

He said the school has rigid academic standards for athletes. Zhang explained how, growing up in South Carolina, it was school sports that “kept me in check.”

Argosy Middle School also offers athletics, competing in the Fall River Public Schools Middle Schools League on Saturdays.

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